A raspberry cordial is a delicious raspberry-based dessert drink. Though there are many alcoholic and other versions of this fruity drink, the conventional Anne of Gables version made of a raspberry concentrate dissolved in water and preserved with lemon juice seems to be the healthiest of all.
You can prepare the raspberry cordial by pouring hot sugar syrup over raspberries soaked in lemon juice and letting the mixture stand for 24 hours. The red liquid that you get by straining the mixture is raspberry cordial which you can enjoy as a dessert drink.
Health Benefits of Nutritious Raspberry Cordial
The traditional version of the Raspberry cordial, with its high refined sugar and fruit sugar content, provides instant energy when you are tired. However, high sugar consumption is detrimental to health. You can tweak the Edwardian version of this drink to one with less sugar to suit your nutritional status.
Raspberries, the chief constituent of the Raspberry cordial are replete with a number of vitamins, minerals and immensely valuable phytochemicals. Firstly, the berries are one of the richest sources of dietary fiber (about 6% of each berry contains dietary fiber). Raspberries provide 32 % each of the Daily Value of vitamin C and manganese. Raspberries also provide 7% of the Daily Value of vitamin K, the blood coagulation vitamin. Amongst other antioxidants, this drink contains cynadins that are indicated to be beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Lemon juice works not only as a preservative for your cordial, but it also benefits your health in case of bacterial infections. Its low pH discourages bacterial growth and prosperity in your body.